Hip-hop acts lead 2014 Grammy nominations
Hip-hop and the Grammys has always had a complicated relationship – for a long time the award show refused to air any of the hip-hop portion of the ceremony and rappers weren’t shy about protesting to show their hard feelings but oh how times have changed. Five of the seven top contenders for the 56th annual Grammys are hip-hop artists.
Rapper turned business mogul Jay Z leads the Grammy nominations with a total of nine awards, giving nods to his works on the Great Gatsby soundtrack, his solo album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and his “Suit & Tie” collaboration with Justin Timberlake, who received seven nominations himself.
Tying with JT for seven nominations each are Producer/Rapper Pharrell Williams and newcomers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. In addition to being acknowledged for his two Record of the Year nominated singles “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke, Pharrell is also up for Producer of the Year. ‘Best New Artist’ nominees Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis face off in five of their seven categories. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for Best Music Video for “Can’t Hold Us” and Song of the Year for the single”Same Love” while also competing with Kendrick Lamar for Album of the Year, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Lamar is also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Now or Never” featuring Mary J. Blige and Best R&B Performance after spitting a few bars on Miguel’s “How Many Drinks”.
Hip-hop artists weren’t the only acts to grab top nominations. Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift is up for four awards including Album of the Year, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Swift competes with Country newbie Kacey Musgraves who is also Best Country Album as well as twice in the Best Country Song category for “Merry Go Round” and writing Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”. Musgraves rounds out her four nominations with a nod for Best New Artist where she Lamar and Macklemore will battle it out with Ed Sheeran and James Blake.
Also noteworthy are 17 year-old “Royals” singer Lorde and Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars – both nominated for a total of four awards including Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday January 26, 2014 on CBS.